Versatile Heritage


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I'm confused with Versatile Heritage, and I'm trying to build a half-elf. Does Versatile Heritage allows you to have 2 feats at the first level? Can a half-elf choose from Human, Elf and half-elf feats, so how does it work alongside Versatile Heritage? Could someone give me an example?


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There are different types of feats: ancestry feats, general feats, class feats, and skill feats. By default, you don't get any general feats at first level. You do get one ancestry feat, and most classes also give you a class feat (check the class).

Versatile Heritage gives you one general feat at 1st level. This doesn't have any interaction with the half-elf heritage ability, which lets you choose *ancestry* feats (not general feats) from the elf, half-elf, and human lists. (Also, since by default you only have one heritage, I don't think you can have both the versatile heritage and the half-elf heritage, but it's possible there's a way to do this I don't know about.)

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At level 1 you pick an Ancestry (such as human), and from your Ancestry, you pick one heritage and one ancestry feat.

Heritages are basically stuff you were born with, or that you had to spend your whole life prior to becoming an adventurer to learn. They can be things like being a subspecies of goblin, like the tailed monkey goblins or the blue-skinned frostfur goblins.

Ancestry Feats are things you learn that are special for your Ancestry. You can learn them later on in your career; a Heritage is something you could only get at level 1.

For humans, "Half-Elf" and "Versatile" are both heritages, so you can have only one of them.

Normally, at level 1, you don't get any General feats, but if you happened to take Versatile Heritage, you would get one.

Normal humans only get to learn Human ancestry feats. The main benefit of half-elves is that you also get to choose from Elf (and Half-Elf) ancestry feats.

So your choice is basically: full human to get more feats, or half-elf to get more choice.


Ascalaphus wrote:

At level 1 you pick an Ancestry (such as human), and from your Ancestry, you pick one heritage and one ancestry feat.

Heritages are basically stuff you were born with, or that you had to spend your whole life prior to becoming an adventurer to learn. They can be things like being a subspecies of goblin, like the tailed monkey goblins or the blue-skinned frostfur goblins.

Ancestry Feats are things you learn that are special for your Ancestry. You can learn them later on in your career; a Heritage is something you could only get at level 1.

For humans, "Half-Elf" and "Versatile" are both heritages, so you can have only one of them.

Normally, at level 1, you don't get any General feats, but if you happened to take Versatile Heritage, you would get one.

Normal humans only get to learn Human ancestry feats. The main benefit of half-elves is that you also get to choose from Elf (and Half-Elf) ancestry feats.

So your choice is basically: full human to get more feats, or half-elf to get more choice.

Thank you so much, Ascalaphus, for such a clear explanation!

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